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Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:57 PM

Innovative law school will provide much-needed disruptive change | Fernando Garcia

A 21st century economy and society require a 21st century legal profession that delivers on access, equity and diversity, economic growth, and employment - just the sort of law school that Ryerson University is proposing. This is not about Ryerson wanting a law school, as Mark Bourrie contends in the March 1st edition of The Lawyer’s Daily; it is about an innovative university responding to significant changes sweeping both the legal profession and society at large. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:27 AM

International Women’s Day a call to arms for lawyers | Leanne Townsend

It’s International Women’s Day 2018 and it’s a great time to be a woman. There is an energetic movement underway resulting from the momentum of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns. Women are joining forces and banding together in unprecedented ways, holding men who have abused their power accountable and demanding equal treatment. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Wellness: Being a witness turned me into a lawyer with empathy | Darryl Singer

This column is about listening, learning, developing empathy and compassion as a lawyer. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

Why cocaine is expensive: Time for a real war on drugs | Ryan Handlarski

Why is the price of cocaine so damn high? Cocaine looks just like sugar, but I can walk into any Starbucks and get a gram of sugar for free. Cocaine would cost me around $100 per gram. This is the principal question that we must be concerned with in order to understand, and reduce, the incentives for drug trafficking. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:55 AM

Tax Views: Federal budget changes rules for investment income of private corporations | Vern Krishna

The federal budget of Feb. 27, 2018, (the Budget), robs Peter to pay Paul by changing the landscape for professionals who use private corporations to structure their businesses. The Budget reduces the small business tax rate from 10.5 per cent to 10 per cent for 2018, and to nine per cent for 2019 and beyond. The opportunities for tax deferral increase as the spread between small business tax rates, corporate investment income rates and top personal marginal rates increase. The Budget seeks to blunt the deferral opportunities that result. ... [read more]

Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 8:43 AM

Conditional sentences and restorative justice | Robert Karrass

Sentencing is not about doling out the harshest penalty available. Rather, once an offender has been convicted, the court must engage in a judicial weighing of the principles of sentencing and apply those principles to the circumstances of the offender in light of the impact the crime has had on the victim and society as a whole (while also considering how other courts have treated similar offences in similar circumstances). The result should be the most appropriate sentence in the circumstances. ... [read more]

Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Tax Views: Taxation of multinational enterprises | Vern Krishna

The taxation of multinational enterprises (MNEs) is of significant concern as countries are increasingly concerned with the erosion of their taxable base through profit shifting from high tax to low tax jurisdictions. Worries over tax avoidance led to the Base Erosion and Profit Sharing (BEPS) project by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Encouraged by the heads of state of the G20 countries in 2013, the OECD drafted 15 BEPS action items. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 11:59 AM

Access to Justice: Rise Women’s Legal Centre connecting with diverse communities | Thomas Cromwell

This is part two of an interview Thomas Cromwell had with Kim Hawkins, Executive Director of the Rise Women’s Legal Centre in Vancouver. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 01, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

Why Ryerson’s law school is a bad idea | Mark Bourrie

Paul Schabas, treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario, has an interesting justification for Ryerson’s proposed law school, which was approved by the LSO last week: students from Ontario are heading to the United Kingdom and other countries to study Canadian law, so there’s a demand from students for a new law school in this province. But there have always been students who wanted to go to Ontario law schools and didn’t make the cut. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Why wealthy Quebec immigrants settling in Vancouver and Toronto is a problem | Colin Singer

Thousands of wealthy candidates who come to Canada through the Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) are settling in Vancouver and Toronto. These high net worth individuals are using the QIIP as a back door to Canada’s two most popular cities and are being blamed for driving up the housing markets in these major metropolitan areas. ... [read more]